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Lieutenant Colonel Robert Nash served in the Canadian Forces (CF) for 30 years and in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) for 6 years, during the period 1979 to 2015.
In the CF, Lieutenant Colonel Nash trained as an Aerospace Engineering (AERE) Officer and as an Intelligence (INT) Officer and served proudly with 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown, 4 Fighter Wing in Baden, Fighter Group/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in North Bay, 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg, NATO's Air Central/Air North Headquarters in Ramstein, the Air Staff in Ottawa, the Canadian Forces Defence Intelligence Liaison Office in London and the Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security in Borden. Lieutenant Colonel Nash deployed to Qatar during the 1st Gulf War, to Bosnia-Hercegovina with the NATO-led Stabilisation Force and to Kananaskis during the G8 conference in 2002, and he participated on numerous national, NORAD and NATO exercises, and multinational conferences and meetings.
In the RNZAF, Squadron Leader Nash served proudly as an INT Officer in Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand and Headquarters RNZAF, and as a New Zealand Defence Force Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University. He participated in numerous multinational conferences and meetings, and a Five Powers Defence Arrangements exercise.
Since retirement in 2015, Lieutenant Colonel Nash has worked as a public servant at the RCAF W/C William G. Barker VC Aerospace College in Winnipeg, as a defence contractor at Headquarters 2 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg and the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, and as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba.
Lieutenant Colonel Nash completed a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts Degree in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master Degree in International Security at Massey University in New Zealand. He is a graduate of the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College. He continues to write and make presentations about military history.
Lieutenant Colonel Nash is the president of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Canadian Military Intelligence Association and the Program Chair for the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian International Council.
Lieutenant Colonel Nash and his wife, Alice, live in Winnipeg with daughters Vicki and Jenni, who are attending the University of Manitoba. Their son Theo is studying at the University of Michigan.